New York Sets TV-Pilot Record

So not only did last year set a record for the number of film-shoot days in the city, and not only is Brooklyn's Steiner Studios doubling in size to attract more productions, but Crain's reported this week that there are a record-setting ten television pilots currently in production in our fair city. This is good news for the city's chronically Law & Order-employed classes, even if only a few of the pilots get picked up, and even if not all of the pickups necessarily continue shooting here. Mostly, though, we were curious about what's in the works. And a few calls to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting provided a list. Some highlights: Lipstick Jungle, based on Sex and the City–creator Candace Bushnell's novel (and starring Brooke Shields); Gossip Girls, based on the hugely successful sex- and money-obsessed teen-novel series that's often called "teen Sex and the City"; and Dirty Sexy Money, from one of the producers of Sex and the City. Detecting a theme? Also notable: an as-yet-untitled pilot starring Glenn Close and Ted Danson; and M.O.N.Y., about a fictionalized mayor, produced by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, and directed — the pilot, at least — by Spike Lee.

Lipstick Jungle, NBC Universal Television Studio
Cast: Brooke Shields
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Executive Producers: Candace Bushnell, DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Producer: Jim Bigwood

M.O.N.Y., NBC Universal Television Studio
Cast: Bobby Cannavale
Produced/written by Tom Fontana & Barry Levinson
Pilot directed by Spike Lee
Producer: Jim Finnerty

Dirty Sexy Money, Touchstone Television for ABC
Producers: Craig Wright, Greg Berlanti, Jane Raab (Sex and the City)

Babylon Fields, Fox for CBS
Produced/written by Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson

Gossip Girls, Warner Bros. TV for The CW
Writer: Maggie Friedman
Executive Producers: Maggie Friedman, Becky Hartman-Edwards.

New Amsterdam, Fox
Writers: Allen Loeb & Christian Taylor
Director: Lasse Hallestrom
Producers: Michael Hausman, David Manson

Fort Pit, Sony Pictures Television & Apostle for NBC
Cast: James Badge Dale
Writers: Michael Chernuchin, Peter Tolan
Executive Producers: Denis Leary, Jim Serpico, Michael Chernuchin, Peter Tolan

Canterbury's Law, Sony Pictures Television & Apostle for NBC
Producers: Denis Leary & Jim Serpico

Untitled KZK Pilot, Sony Pictures Television for FX
Cast: Glenn Close and Ted Danson
Pilot Director: Allen Coulter
Pilot Writers: Todd Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler
Producer: Mark A. Baker

Cashmere Mafia, Sony Pictures Television for ABC
Writer: Kevin Wade
Executive Producers: Darren Star, Gail Katz, Kevin Wade

NYC Getting Record Number of TV Pilots [Crain's]
Earlier: Hollywood? Fuhgeddaboudit